South African broadcast journalist, Aldrin Sampear few days ago interviewed former Liberian President, Madame Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in Johannesburg. The interview which has gone viral on Liberian social media sites and shares from personal pages, saw and an angry President Sirleaf leaving the set in an outburst, telling Sampear, she didn’t go to South Africa to discussed “Liberian politics.” President Sirleaf is in SA, to commemorate the 25th annivessary since the 1994 elections that brought Mandela to power. Sampear pointedly asked why she supported Charles Taylor. Sirleaf admitted her support to the war criminal, adding: Taylor had a lot of support during the war and in Liberia. When the journalist quizzed Sirleaf, if she would apologize to the Liberian people, she asked “why?” and Sampear shot back: because you supported a man who turned on his own people. President Sirleaf became tense, saying “no” she wasn’t apologizing, and when the journalist pushed back and asked “why not?” It was at this point that Sirleaf, walked off the set. As she was leaving the journalist said the Truth and Reconciliation Commission or TRC report was also up to be discussed. Clearly Sirleaf wasn’t having none of that, as she left the interview.
In the video, Former President Sirleaf accused the eCNA for “hijacking” her, as she walked away from the interview. Not much is known about Aldrin Sampear, but reports say he just moved from SABC, the national broadcaster, to eCNA in May of 2018 with another journalist Faith Daniels. Rport: “eNCA (DStv 403) is adding to its staffer ranks with Faith Daniels and Aldrin Sampear joining the South African TV news channel. Faith Daniels will join eNCA from June as national assignments editor, while Adrin Sampear joins eNCA as a reporter. Faith Daniels joined Kagiso Media two and a half years ago in January 2016 as head of news for its Jacaranda FM and East Coast Radio radio stations. Aldrin Sampear joins eNCA from the South African public broadcaster’s SABC News division.” The eCNA network also wrote on its home page: JOHANNESBURG – Former Liberian president and one of Africa’s most famous leaders, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf walked off the set of eNCA’s The First Citizen. Johnson Sirleaf sat down with eNCA’s Aldrin Sampear for what started out as a calm discussion on Africa and more specifically, Liberian democracy.
READ: Liberia ruling party expels President Johnson Sirleaf But after being questioned on former Liberian president and war criminal Charles Taylor, Johnson Sirleaf called an abrupt end to the interview and walked out. Johnson Sirleaf was the first African woman to become president in Liberia. She restored stability after years of chaos and bloodshed.
READ: Why Liberia’s Sirleaf is no feminist icon And yet, she was accused of nepotism, with several relatives taking top jobs in government.Watch eNCA’s Aldrin Sampear in conversation Johnson Sirleaf, exploring a life full of twists, turns and, ultimately, a life full of firsts.
Sampear wrote on his twitter feed three days ago that he was excited to sit down with “The….. first Female elected President in Africa, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Today marks 7 years since the conviction of her predecessor, Charles Taylor at the ICC on war crimes”